Where has the summer gone! Welcome to the third week in August, I hope you have had a summer filled with family, fun and some R&R.
I personally have spent a lot of time in my flower beds and garden, as well as soaking up as much of my kids time as they are allowing me to monopolize.
I thought that this month I would explain the Independent Dental Hygiene experience when you book with me here at Purely Hygiene, as I still 3 years in have people whom are just not familiar with this concept.
If you book for a "cleaning", you get the exact same services (scaling, polish if needed, fluoride) that you have come to know and hopefully love (lol) at your usual yearly, six month or earlier "cleaning" appointments. I put "cleaning" in quotes because although over time this is what these appointments have come to be described as, most (I would hope all) Hygienists do so much more than that of just a "cleaning". I know in my clinic even at just a "cleaning" appointment I am always assessing the tissue, your tooth brushing, flossing, recession, pocket depths and talking to you about if it is all working for you in your life and schedule. We (you and I) as a team approach to your oral health may change or rework your at home oral health care plan of attack to better work for your specific needs. That may mean trying different products, trying different techniques or adjusting how often you come and see me. Or hopefully giving you a thumbs up on what you are doing and encouragement to continue along the same path.
If you decide to book a Dental Hygiene Exam and x-rays as well, I am fully licenced to offer these services as well. I am able to assess the x-rays and determine decay if present as well as ALL exams are inclusive of a head and neck cancer exam and inter-oral cancer screening.
I understand that trying new things when it comes to dental situations is sometimes scary for some of you, and I completely respect your right to chose whom is providing your dental services. If you prefer to have me only do your complete cleaning and get exams done elsewhere I respect that, as well as look forward to professionally working with any other dental professional you've entrusted with your oral health. As I know they as well as myself only have your oral health's best interest at heart.
I follow the recommended fee guide agreed to by the ADA and the Health minister of Alberta. As this is only a 'recommended' fee guide, I recommend that you check with each office to see what pricing you can expect. It is what informed consumers do.
Keep in mind however, giving estimates for a cleaning can be difficult as scaling is priced per unit of scale and is not a fixed singular price like an exam or polish is.
I also offer in house whitening sessions, custom whitening trays for home use, custom sports mouth guards and enjoy venturing out in the community to speak with kids in classrooms about oral health.
Thanks for stopping by to check out this months blog! Remember if you ever have any questions give me a call (780) 515-9878 and I'd be happy to answer them for you!